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e magician shows what he calls a map to buried treasure. Re crumples it into a ball and gives it to a spectator to hold.

Then he says that he would like to take his audience back a hundred years or more to the time when that particular treasure was buried and the map made.

The pirate loot was hidden upon an island in a remote part of an ocean so the performer puts a plate upon a glass of water to illustrate this location.

Next he shows a pail of sand, say' ing that pirates always made certain their ill-gotten wealth was hidden from sight.

But, a bit of wealth is needed, and the performer has a spectator come forward with a half dollar which he marks with a penknife. He may also take note of the coin's date.

The money is dropped upon the island (plate) and the sand from the pail is shaken over it to form a high mound.

The performer stands away and says that the one extremely common fault with treasure maps and hunts is the fact that the riches are very seldom found. The spectator is asked to find the money, but the coin is gone from under the pile of sand.'

The magician says that unlike a number of mythical treasures this was a real one and it's merely been a case of someone getting there first. He asks the person holding the crumpled map to unroll it. Inside is found the half dollar, and it is duly returned to the owner who can check his own markings.

That's the story and there are two important parts - the vanish, and the reappearance of the coin. Let's start with the first.

Upon the magician 's table is a glass half filled with water. To its left and about six inches to its rear rests a 6 or 7 inch salad plate. Upon this plate is a half dollar coin attached to a thread which runs back to a pin or tack on the table not far from the plate's rear edge. The coin and thread attachment can be a spot of wax under neath.

The magician shows a nine or ten inch square of brown wrapping paper upon which has been drawn a map consisting of black and red crayon lines. He has palmed a half dollar and includes it when he crumples up the paper and gives it to a spectator (to his right) to hold.

Next the performer asks for the loan of money as treasure, and stipulates a half dollar. He acknowledges a donor and requests that the person mark or scratch the coin for later identification. Ihen he asks that the party brine his coin forward.

The performer takes the coin in his right fingertips and holds it high as he returns to his table. But just as he gets close he allows the coin to slide into a simple palm, and, on reaching dov/n as if to deposit the coin upon the plate, he makes a perfect illusion by merely picking up the coin there and snapping it back upon the plate. This is one time when a terrifically ordinary action serves to misdirect by ear.

The left hand rises to the occasion by grasping the front edge of the plate. Ihe patter covers the action which follows. The left hand does a direct but sharp move towards the front and places the plate upon the glass. The patter is that the island with its treasure is isolated upon the ocean. And the sound of the coin as it is withdrawn from the plate is covered by the immediate sound of the plate being set without favor upon the top the glass. The left hand picks up the toy pail of sand, and during all of this the right hand, with the crudely palmed coin, has dropped and entered the right trouser pocket for an interval — letting the borrowed coin

The pail of sand is carefully and deliberately poured over the spot where should rest the marked coin. Naturally, it doesn't even cover the substitute coin.1 Then the performer puts the empty pail aside and very handily lifts the "ocean" with its "island" and "mountain" on top and gives this to the donor of the coin — on the left. The performer now retires to the middle of the stage and patters,

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